Cop says clip shows pickaxe-wielding man

BY KARYL WALKER Editor -- Crime/Court Desk

Friday, January 24, 2014    

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A police officer testified at the Vybz Kartel trial yesterday that he abstracted video footage from a BlackBerry cellular phone which showed a man wielding a pickaxe.

Under examination from lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton -- who was assigned to the Cybercrimes Unit -- said that he offloaded a video which had footage that was relevant to the trial.

The video, he said, lasted for two minutes and 17 seconds and was recorded at 10:34 pm on August 16, 2011 -- the day police accused Vybz Kartel, Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Shane Williams, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones of beating Clive 'Lizard' Williams to death.

He said in the first four seconds of the footage, two men were seen. One was holding a pickaxe. He said the men left the frame of the video recording and returned about 40 seconds into the footage.

"He returned about 40 seconds swinging the pickaxe. A question was being asked. Then about 50 seconds into the video, a male wearing a brown T-shirt with the word EST to the right side of the T-shirt, with an earring in the right ear, appeared. This said man was also making gestures and he also said something," Linton said.

He said about one minute and 20 seconds into the video footage, another question was asked.

"At this point a light-complexioned male came on the screen, wearing a dark-coloured merino, with several tattoos on his right hand. The said light-complexioned man revealed the left inside of his left arm which was tattooed 'BOSS'. This word was clearly visible with bright-coloured red ink. This man was also wearing a slippers with white stripes," he said.

Linton also testified that about two minutes and four seconds into the video another man appeared in the footage. He said the man was wearing dark-coloured shoes, dark-coloured shirt, a yellow wristwatch and both his hands bore tattoos. He said the man was wearing a chain with a face-shaped pendant.

"Towards the ending of the video, a light-complexioned person came in focus wearing a light T-shirt with a dark-coloured word to the front of the T-shirt. The word had ended with what appeared to be the letter H and was preceded by another letter that appeared to be P. This light-complexioned person had several tattoos to the neck," he said.

Linton told the court that he then took 68 photographs of the footage to better illustrate the video before storing a copy of the footage in a new file created by him.

Taylor then asked Linton to describe photographs he had also taken off the phone, but defence attorney Tom Tavares-Finson objected.

After a few arguments and counter-arguments between Taylor and Tavares-Finson, Justice Campbell allowed the photographs to be admitted.

The afternoon sitting of yesterday's trial did not get underway after a female juror fell ill and had to be rushed to hospital.

If the juror recovers sufficiently, Linton, who is now assigned to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force, is expected to continue giving evidence today in the trial, which is being held in the Supreme Court in

downtown Kingston.





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